Is it me? I'm growing to HATE stans rims. I can't seem to get the tyres to seat properly. It's not even like I'm running them tubeless - I'm actually using tubes but they stil just won't "pop" into place. The inner tube on one did bloody pop last night though at about 55-60psi, I neraly had a chuffing heart attack!
It might just be the Maxxis tyres I'm running, but since it happened to a lesser extent on the roval wheelset we formerly had on Mrs NBT bike (the Roval rim being a Stans clone), I think it's more about the rim design or maybe the way I'm fitting tyres. My current set up is 2.25 Maxxis Ardents on 29er ZTR Crests, though on Mrs NBTs 26er Rovals I was using Panaracer Fire XCs so I'm not entirely sure it's the tyres: nor am I convinced that I should be required to completely change the way I fit tyres for a specific rim design!
My understanding is that the pressure of the tube (or even just the air should I run them tubeless) should "pop" the bead into the right place on the rim, but that just doesn't happen. Bear in mind I'm trying this in the garage with a floor pump, there's no way I'm ever going to get it to work with a smaller pump when out and about
To make things worse while fettling last night I found this
I hope the pic shows where the tyre's not correctly seated - this is the rear but the front also suffers from the same seating issues. Thankfully the front isn't damaged like this tyre! My guess is that the tyre's just worn through due to the rubbing (this is my singlespeed so the rear wheel sees quite a bit of torque!)
I definitely have to buy ONE new tyre - the question is whether I would be able to resolve my problems with different tyres, or if I should consider a new wheelset. I would prefer hope hubs, but finding a 29er hope wheelset with rims other than stans is not an easy task unless you buy new...
If anyone is interested in a pair of Hope Pro2Evo hubs on black ZTR Crest rims with black spokes and silver nipples, shout up. Would prefer to swap for Hope Pro2Evo on Mavic...